Recent Spring Meetings

The Spring Meeting has changed, it is now the Clinical Academics in Training Annual Conference (CATAC), with the most recent event being held in 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.

Over 200 attendees from across the UK came to the 2017 edition of the Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training, which was held on 23 February 2017 at the Royal College of Physicians, London. 

 The Spring Meeting featured keynote talks from two outstanding scientists, Professor Geraint Rees FMedSci and Professor Janet Lord FMedSci

  • The keynote talks and the oral plenary competitions were live streamed and video recordings are available from our YouTube Channel.
  • A selection of photos can be viewed on our facebook page
  • The Spring Meeting twitter discussions are available in this storify page.

This year the Spring Meeting also marked the launch of our new campaign to celebrate the different people and diverse working styles operating in UK biomedical research. Further details about the #MedSciLife campaign are available our new website.  


The Spring Meeting competitions 

There were three competitions open to clinical academics at the Spring Meeting: the poster competition (which is open to everyone); the oral plenary competition (which is open to pre-doctoral and doctoral researchers); the Young Investigator competition (which is open to postdoctoral researchers). Accepted abstracts were published in a special edition of The Lancet

Young Investigator competition - presentations can be watched in our YouTube channel. 

Winners (this year's Lancet prize was shared between two competitors):  

  • Dr Shishir Shetty (University of Birmingham) - Stabilin-1 is a second line defence against oxidative stress and regulates tissue injury and repair.
  • Dr Tom Wingfield (University of Liverpool) - A household-randomized controlled evaluation of socioeconomic support to improve tuberculosis preventive therapy uptake and increase tuberculosis treatment success in Peru. 

Runners up (this year's runner up prize was shared between two competitors): 

  • Dr Iain Murray (University of Edinburgh) - α integrins on perivascular mesenchymal cells critically regulate skeletal and cardiac muscle fibrosis.
  • Dr Panagiotis Sergouniotis (University of Manchester) - A gene-based case-control association study using exome sequencing identifies the molecular basis of two monogenic disorders. 

Oral Plenary competition - presentations can be watched in our YouTube channel.

 Winner (this year’s Medical Research Society prize was shared between two competitors): 

  •  Dr Ester Coutinho (University of Oxford) - Maternal CASPR2 antibodies and neurodevelopmental disorders in the offspring: epidemiological findings and animal model.
  • Dr Felicity Fitzgerald (University College London) - Refining the paediatric Ebola case definition: a study of children in Sierra Leone with suspected Ebola virus disease. 

Poster competition

 Winner (The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Prize): 

  •  Dr Anjum Khan (University College London) - Targeting therapeutic T cells to the bone marrow niche

 Runners up:

  •  Dr Miriam Berry (University of Cambridge) - Renal Sodium Gradient Orchestrates a Dynamic Anti-Bacterial Defence Zone
  • Dr Jasmina Cehajic Kapetanovic (University of Manchester) - Restoration of Vision with Ectopic Expression of Human Rod Opsin
  • Dr Rahul Kalla (University of Edinburgh) - Epigenetic alterations in inflammatory bowel disease
  • Dr Shivani Misra (Imperial College London) - Type 1 diabetes phenotype is similar in UK white and south Asian people with young-onset diabetes

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